Obama Will Train It to Inaugural

Train journey from Philadelphia to capital via Baltimore echoes Lincoln's historic ride
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2008 12:00 PM CST
Barack Obama waves as he heads back to his campaign train after a whistle stop in Downingtown, Pa., Saturday, April 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama will follow in Abraham Lincoln's tracks by taking a train to Washington for his inauguration, the New York Daily News reports. The president-elect plans to set off from Philadelphia on January 17, stopping in Wilmington—where Joe Biden will hop aboard—and Baltimore before entering the capital by rail the same night.

Obama's inauguration committee says the old-style travel will help include "as many Americans as possible who wish to participate, but can't be in Washington." The stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore are nods to historic cities instrumental to the inaugural theme of "Restoring America's Promise," the committee said.